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Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

1. Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots

Athens is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of ancient and modern cultural monuments and neighborhoods that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to take photos of the most iconic and picturesque sites of one of the oldest cities in Europe. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll see where the locals spend their daily routine and hear interesting stories about the local culture. Your local escort will meet you at the Fountain of the Syntagma Square. Here you have a first view of the busy center of the capital of Greece. The first stop will be the Greek Parliament where you will be able to see and photograph the Godly giants in kilts up close. The famous evzones are one of Athens' most popular tourist attractions and an instagrammable spot you can't miss. Your escort is available to snap cool shots for you. You will then visit the National Garden, a green oasis right in the center of the city. Home of 7000 trees, lakes and, several animals, the "garden of Amalia" also hosts a botanical museum, a conservatory and, various ancient ruins. It is the ideal place and a perfect scenic spot to find the right photography inspiration. Your next stop will be the Kallimarmaro stadium where your local guide will help you make fresh pictures and look more creative by finding the right point of view. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens with a rich history directly connected to the modern Olympic games. You'll then take a stroll to reach Plaka, the neighborhood of Gods and one of the most picturesque areas of Athens. Plaka is one the best places to capture the perfect photo; little colorful houses, small alleys, cute cafes and many spots with views to the city will make the perfect background you are looking for your photographs. The next spot is placed on a hill, where you will enjoy the most breathtaking views of Acropolis and the city itself, following in the footsteps of Ancient Greeks. This is definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Athens where you will take some of the most impressive photos. In addition to all the above places, you will have also the opportunity to explore more of the best spots in the city where you will exercise your artistic skills by taking spectacular photos and sharing them on Instagram. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the city and feel like an Athenian as you mingle with the locals. You'll have opportunities to take lots of pictures so don't forget your camera!

Athens Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

2. Athens Highlights: Myths & Philosophers Private Walking Tour

After meeting with your local guide outside Panepistimio Metro Station, begin your journey with the famous Trilogy of Athens, a work of the great architect, Theofilus Hansen. Admire stunning statues from famous 19th-century sculptors. While marveling at these miracles of architecture, take the opportunity to talk about two of the most famous philosophers of antiquity, Socrates and Plato. Discuss the god Apollo and goddess Athena, two gods totally different from one another but sharing many more commonalities than one may think. Afterwards, head to the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens to discover the live of Epicurus and his philosophical school, known as the Garden. Walk down the most commercial street in Athens, Ermou Street, named after the god and merchant, Hermes. Take a chance to admire an 11th-century temple known as Kapnikarea and hear about Aristotle and his Lyceum philosophical school. Take a pitstop to enjoy a greek coffee at a cozy cafe in the Thissio area, taking advantage of the location to chat about Pre-Socratic philosophers. Next to the Ancient Agora, discover the place where Stoic philosophy was born in the Poikile Stoa. The next stop will be the Plaka area and Anafiotika, on the foot of the Acropolis with Cinic philosophers close by. While admiring the famous Tower of Winds, learn everything there is about Aiolos, the keeper of the winds. The tour will conclude on the Areopagus Hill with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and some more myths about the Olympian gods.

Athens: Greek Food Discovery Small Group Walking Tour

3. Athens: Greek Food Discovery Small Group Walking Tour

Your culinary journey of Athens will take you to carefully selected specialty food shops, where you’ll taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese, and honey available in the city, as well as local delicacies such as pastourma cured meat. On this 3.5-hour guided food tour you’ll stroll through traditional Athens neighborhoods and visit some wonderful pastry shops that serve tempting Greek sweets. You’ll be immersed in the fragrances and colors of local spices, the secret behind renowned Greek dishes, and aromas of Greek coffee as well. The irresistible smell of freshly baked delicacies will lead you into one of the oldest traditional bakeries in Athens. Continue through the bustling alleys of Varvakios, the picturesque fish, meat, and vegetable market. Last but not least, you’ll stop for a taste of the celebrated Greek souvlaki!

Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

4. Athens: Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the must-see sights of Athens at the best time of day on an afternoon bike tour of the historic monuments. Avail of the breathtaking views of the ancient city as you cycle to landmark monuments, starting at the National Gardens, followed by the Panathenaic Stadium and Presidential Mansion. Get off your bike to take short walks to different locations, and journey through the history of Ancient Greece at monuments such as the Roman Agora. Admire the columns of the Zappeion exhibition hall, and cycle through the charming Plaka district at dusk. Make your way to Kerameikos just north of the Acropolis and explore the hip district of Thisseio.

Cats of Athens: Self-Guided Mobile Tour in Plaka

5. Cats of Athens: Self-Guided Mobile Tour in Plaka

This self-guided mobile tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. You can enjoy this multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step to explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule. After downloading the app from Apple Appstore or Google Play, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text), it is recommended to use headphones. This is a tour based on, and dedicated to, the beautiful cats of Athens. In contrast to most traditional guided tours that tend to focus on the ancient temples, the medieval churches, and the neoclassical jewels of this city, the tour focuses on these felines and highlights the almost mythical stories of their arrival and gradual domination in Athens. This journey down memory lane begins at one of Athens’ most picturesque spots. Anafiotika is an island in the heart of Athens with narrow lanes and tiny whitewashed houses clinging to the rocks. Ancient Athenian households and markets were full of dogs, grasshoppers, crickets, hedgehogs or monkeys who served as pets. You were more likely to come across a cheetah than a cat in downtown Athens. As you make your way through the Plaka district, take time and introduce yourself to the city’s adventurous feline residents who enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the ancient Agora. The remains of the Byzantine church, visible beneath the foundations of the mosque in the Roman Agora, reverberate with the calls of Mechlempe’s descendants. He was the imperial Byzantine cat and lived a life of luxury as he ate from gold plates. During the Ottoman period, cats were the subjects of as much adoration as in the time of the pharaohs. The ruins of the madrasa remain a favorite feline haunt in memory of that relationship.

Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

6. Athens: Acropolis, Hidden Gems and Plaka Guided Tour

Meet your licensed tour guide, who is also an archaeologist, then start your combination tour of Athens. Enter from the south slope of the Acropolis and set off on your leisurely walking tour of some of the world’s finest monuments. Along the way, listen as your guide shares insight into the citadel’s ruins and excavation details. Visit the Theater of Dionysus, an amphitheater that is arguably the birthplace of performing arts. Continue with a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka, the old town of Athens. In this sprawling, historical neighborhood, you’ll follow along a maze of cobbled streets lined with examples of Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches, and busy shops. On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. In the 19th century, homesick workers from the Cyclades built the houses and painted them bright white to remind themselves of Anafi. While listening to some stories about the area and its history from your guide, you’ll walk to the Rock of Ares, which is just a bit farther up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the site of the supreme court of ancient Athens. Kings from centuries ago are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death on controversial charges. You’ll also stop at the top of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens. Sit down with a glass of white wine and enjoy a picnic of various Greek delicacies.

Athens: Acropolis & Museum with City Highlights Exploration

7. Athens: Acropolis & Museum with City Highlights Exploration

Discover the most iconic, impressive sites and areas of Athens. Your deeply knowledgeable, friendly guide will show you the city while giving you a valuable insight into the history and culture of Athens. Starting from the wonder of the Acropolis explore the magnificent site and the state-of-the-art Acropolis museum. Continue on to Syntagma Square where the Greek National Parliament stands. Embark on a journey through the city from the beautiful National Gardens to the lively markets of Monastiraki. Wander through picturesque Plaka and discover the little-known neighbourhood of Anafiotika with its Cycladic houses of blue and white with overarching bougainvillaea.   From antiquity to modern Athens; through Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman influence; from gardens to markets, ruins and island neighbourhoods; Athens has it all!

Athens: Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner

8. Athens: Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner

Meet your guide in the afternoon/evening at Syntagma Square to experience the ancient part of Athens with a 4 to 5-hour small-group walking tour. You'll start by watching the famous “change of guards”, which takes place every hour in front of the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. From there, pass by small cafes, pubs, and restaurants which are full of life and energy and will elate you with their unique colors and traditional architecture. You can also admire views of the illuminated Parthenon and the Acropolis, as you hear the sound of the Laterna, a traditional railing music box, being played by local musicians. Continue into the picturesque narrow alleys of the oldest neighborhood of Athens, the famous Anafiotika, which brings a Cycladic Islands’ essence to the heart of the city. While strolling around, you will see the Ancient Greek and Roman Forum, as well as the famous and well-preserved Stoa of Attalos. Your tour host will give you all the details about ancient and modern history, before your final stop to a traditional Greek taverna for dinner and a tasting of some delicious local cuisine.

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What people are saying about Anafiotika

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 75 reviews

We cannot explain how much we loved this experience, in no small part due to the fact that we have made a lifetime friend with our guide, Bianca. Not only was she gracious enough to reschedule us after our flight was delayed, but she helped us get to our meeting place while we were jetlagged and late because our luggage was lost. The tour itself is fascinating, and easy to digest for the beginner philosopher or even the most advanced student of philosophy. Definitely something for everyone, and nothing was lost in translation; in other words, Bianca spoke flawless English and really was an outstanding representative of both her country and for her expertise! She is passionate, engaging and left us wanting more. Plus, we are now on Team Aristotle. My fiancé and I could’ve stayed the rest of the day simply because we enjoyed Bianca’s company so much. We will definitely return for another tour when in Athens again, and cannot encourage anyone reading this to opt for this unique tour!

Christiana was wonderful and so knowledgeable, she made our day and the tour truly was perfect we got shown the hidden gems of Athens and had lovely company too! Would recommend to everyone as so much was seen and enjoyed!! Thank you Christiana x

We took a 4 hour tour with Effie and it was a wonderful experience. We went to many different historical locations in Athens while also learning about Greek philosophy. We highly recommend this experience for anyone that travels to Athens

Pascal was incredibly informative. This tour doesn’t advertise itself as a “historical” tour but if Pascal is your guide you can be sure that he will give you some fascinating knowledge of Greece and Athens!

Our guide Pascal was great! He was very kind and informative. He took us to several places with amazing views. There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and bring water.